In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, Black Lives Matter demanded acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the United State’s white police.
Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died on Monday after a white police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Floyd can be heard on a bystander video repeatedly pleading with officers, saying “I can’t breathe.” He eventually becomes motionless with the officer’s knee still on his neck.
Protests have since erupted across the US as demonstrators rally for justice for Floyd and all black people killed by police.
Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
” We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives,” the organization said.
“How many Black lives have to be taken before something is done?” it asks.
Black Lives Matter shared a powerful video on Twitter that honor those lost to police violence in the country.
Read their note here:
Enough is enough.
Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country.
We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police.
We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.
George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them.
Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and our people are hurting — the violence against Black bodies felt in the ongoing mass disobedience, all while we grapple with a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting, infecting, and killing us.
We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken.
We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive but thrive.
Currently, we are fighting two deadly viruses: COVID-19 is threatening our health. White Supremacy is threatening our existence. And both are killing us every single day.
We demand real transformation NOW. Transformation that will hold law enforcement accountable for the violence they inflict, transformation of this racist system that breeds corruption, and transformation that ensures our people are not left behind.
It’s time for our cities and states to #DefundThePolice and #InvestInCommunities.